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Scientific Facts and Human Imagination


Daston, Lorraine, ‘Fear and Loathing of the Imagination in Science’, Daedalus 127, 10 (1998): 73-95

Goldstein, Jan, The Post Revolutionary Self: Politics and Psyche in France, 1750-1850 part 1, chapter 1: The Perils of Imagination at the End of the Old Regime, pp. 27-59

Shapiro, Barbara, Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England: A Study of the Relationship Between Natural Science, Religion, History, Law and Literature (Princeton, 1983), chapter 2: Natural Philosophy and Experimental Science, pp. 15-73.

Shapin, Steven, A Social History of Truth (Chicago, 1994), chapter 5: Epistemological Decorum: The Practical Management of Factual Testimony, pp. 193-242

Further Readings:

Brewer, John, Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century (Chicago, 1997)

Daston, Lorraine, ‘Baconian Facts, Academic Civility, and the Prehistory of Objectivity’, Annals of Scholarship 8, 3-4 (1991): 337-64

Ibid., Classical Probability in the Enlightenment (Princeton, 1988)

Ibid., ‘Enlightenment and Fear’, in What’s Left of Enlightenment? A Postmodern Question, ed. by Keith Michael Baker and Peter Hanns Reill (Stanford, 2001), pp

Ibid., ‘Science and the Discovery of the Imagination in Enlightened England’ Eighteenth-Century Studies 3 (1969): 108-35

Johns, Adrian, The physiology of reading and the Anatomy of Enthusiasm, in Religio Medico: Medicine and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England, ed. by Ole Peter Grell and Andrew Cunningham (Aldershot, 1996), pp. 136-170.

Shapin, Steven/Schaffer, Simon, Leviathan and the Air-Pump (Chicago, 1985)

Barbara J. Shapiro, A Culture of Fact: England, 1550-1720

Fischer-Homberger, Ester, On the Medical History of the Doctrine of Imagination Psychological Medicine 9 (1979): 619-628